Jan 31, 2008

Thakkali Kuzhambu

This has been my all-time favorite especially with idlis and dosas..It can be relished with hot rice too..The ingredients are easily available and very easy to prepare too...



Tomatoes  -7
Onions  -1
Garlic -3 or 4  pods
Chilli powder -1 tspn
Turmeric powder-1 tspn
Coriander powder-2 tspn
Cumin/Jeera powder -2 tspn
Mustard seeds -1 tspn
Urad Dhall -1 tspn
Fenugreek seeds -1 tspn
Oil for tempering  
Salt to taste  
Cilantro for garnishing


Wash the tomatoes well and chop them very finely..You can make a tomato puree using the blender or just add the tomatoes as such..If you add it as puree it will give a very smooth gravy..
Chop the onions and garlic very finely and keep them aside.
Now add a litle oil to a vessel and splutter the mustard,urad dhall and fenugreek seeds..Be careful they dont burn,because it might give a bitter taste..
Then add the onions and saute for a minute..Once they become soft and translucent,add the diced tomato/tomato puree.Add half cup of water..Allow it to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.By now the tomatoes must have cooked thoroughly..Now add the chilli powder,coriander powder,jeera powder,turmeric powder and salt..Mix thoroughly..Leave it until it begins to boil..
Garnish with cilantro and serve...

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